In the states that border Mexico, Mexican restaurants have long been a staple. The food in these authentic establishments is often prepared and seasoned using recipes that cooks in Mexico have been using for centuries. And after you feel completely satisfied after gorging tacos and other Mexican dishes, you are left to wonder if the food you just ate wasn’t the healthiest of choices.

Some time ago, people began to pay more attention to the foods they ate. We suddenly became interested in eating foods that are healthy. Many of you are getting away from canned vegetables, boxed rice and green chili from a jar. You prefer your food fresh. Which is why you avoid places like Taco Bell and Applebees.

That is probably a good idea. In addition to being less healthy, much of the food at chain restaurants is factory-produced and frozen. And it never tastes as good as food prepared with fresh ingredients.

Right about now you are thinking about a big bowl of fresh guacamole. Sorry about that.

The key ingredient to any recipe, especially Mexican food, is fresh. If it is not fresh, then it is not going to be as healthy as it could be. Hops-N-Guac, your Mexican restaurant in Huntsville, offers the health benefits of Mexican food.

Protein

Protein is necessary to maintain your energy level and to keep your tissue and muscles healthy. Meats like beef and chicken found in our tasty tacos and other dishes are a good source of protein.

Beans

Beans are indeed the magical fruit. Well, technically, beans are legumes, but they are closer to fruits than vegetables. Nevertheless, beans are one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which helps keep you feeling full and helps lower your cholesterol. In addition, they are an excellent source of iron and protein. Just leave the windows on your car down when you drive home after a meal containing beans.

Corn

Corn is a whole grain and, as such, delivers a healthy dose of fiber. Even corn tortillas deliver a large amount of fiber.

Avocado

The mighty avocado is not only quite tasty, especially when mashed up into guacamole, but it is also a creamy and delicious way to get some heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in your diet.

Jalapenos

Jalapeno and other hot chili peppers get their heat from capsaicin, a compound that can help speed up your metabolism and lower your cholesterol. If you prefer less heat in your Mexican food, just scrape out the seeds before using.

Limes

Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C and they also have an antibacterial effect.

Salsa

In addition to being quite tasty and refreshing, salsa is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Cilantro

Cilantro boasts a wonderful fragrance, a refreshing flavor and it is loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes add flavor to any Mexican dish and they are also a great source of vitamin C.

Stop by Hops-N-Guac for your Mexican food fix and don’t feel guilty about it!